The newly-concluded free trade agreement with the Mercosur countries represents the EU’s toughest challenge yet in terms of selling the benefits of trade liberalism to a sceptical domestic audience.
The EU is reaching a critical phase in its FTA negotiations with both Australia and New Zealand, as talks start to move from the technical to the political level. Both sets of talks are still moving forward – at a more rapid rate for the EU-NZ talks than for EU-Australia …
One hundred WTO members aired concerns about the European Union’s ongoing drive to heavily restrict, if not ban, pesticide use in agriculture at a meeting in Geneva today (9 July).
The European Union appears determined to make a major point about trade policy at the G20 summit in Osaka, which opened today (27 June) in Japan. Negotiations to conclude a trade pact with the South American bloc Mercosur are continuing after marathon meetings with ministers today. The signs are a …
After 20 years of negotiations, the stars really do seem to be aligning for the EU and Mercosur to conclude a free trade agreement in the coming days.
This article was updated on 24 June at 17.35 CET. New information includes detailed dates for the EU Vietnam agreements and an update/erratum on the Spanish olives dispute settlement case. This week we might see breakthroughs in the Vietnam and Mercosur trade agreements. We will certainly see more EU US …
Negotiators are giving it a try: to conclude the EU-Mercosur trade negotiations at the G20 summit in Osaka in 10 days’ time (28 and 29 June).
The main EU trade policy items to watch out for this week are: e-commerce, Indonesian FTA, Vietnam FTA and IPA.
This week we’ve focused a lot on Australia and New Zealand as well as on internal EU battles over the steel safeguard.
The European Commission is trumpeting what it sees as another success of its engage-and-disarm strategy against the administration of US President Trump, with the resolution of a dispute over an EU quota for hormone-free beef.